- "Now this is where I start my next big journey. Here's to hoping this first year of high school will definitely be one to remember!"
- ―Patrick McReary
Welcome Freshmen is the first comic of the Sibling Rivalries: The Next Chapter series, and the 46th comic overall.
Packie attends his first day of high school at Green Bay Southwest High School hoping to make new friends and start the year off great, but he is humiliated when Joel Gonzales sneaks onto campus and gets revenge on him for having him embarrassed back in March.
♥ = character's debut
♠ = character does not speak throughout comic
♣ = character is mentioned only
♦ = character appears in a speaking/non-speaking cameo only
- Patrick McReary
- Francis McReary
- Gerald McReary ♦
- Derrick McReary ♦
- Kate McReary ♦
- Maureen McReary-Wilson ♦
- Hector Wilson ♦
High School GroupEdit
- Steven Johnson ♥
- Joel Gonzales
- Jose Gonzales
- Mr and Mrs Gonzales
- Steve Madison ♦
- Angel Chacon ♦
- The Chavez Brothers ♣
- Green Bay Southwest High School
- Mr. Johnson's Classroom
- Nurse's Office
- Outside tables of the Trojan Cafe
- Trojan Gym
- Gonzales Residence
- Living Room
- Joel and Jose's Bedroom
- This is the first comic of the series to be entirely drawn with Pilot G-2 gel pens (GTA Nerd's new choice of pen), which gives the drawings a cleaner, better quality look. Earlier comics were drawn with cheaper pens, with gel pens rarely being used by GTA Nerd.
- This comic was released exactly four years and five days after the first comic of the original series, thus giving both series the anniversary month of July.
- So far, this is the only TNC comic to have all of the events span over only one day.
- The events of this comic take place on Monday, August 8, 2016.
- This comic ends the SR franchise's longest ever hiatus, which was a year and two months since the last released comic. GTA Nerd ended up abandoning his comics around summer 2016 after falling into a long state of depression, though he has recovered and is now trying to return back to comic writing.
- This is the first time that Adrian appears without Troy.
- The comic is named after the old '90s Nickelodeon TV show of the same name.
- This was also the name of the pilot comic of the cancelled The Wolves series.
- Francis, Aaron, Victor, and Anthony avenge Packie by traveling to Joel's house, taking him and dressing him in an embarrassing fairy princess outfit, then bringing him back to the school to be humiliated, although it is unknown how they would manage to bring him inside the school.
- Although there is no indication that it is him, Angel Chacon makes a non-speaking cameo at the very end of the comic, sitting next to Packie in the gym.
- Steve Madison also makes a cameo appearance in the scene before, taking a picture of Joel dressed up as the fairy princess, and says "Aw man, this is so much funnier than the naked picture on PeachMaps!"
- The beginning of the comic starts out similar to "Hello, Wisconsin!" in several ways:
- Both comics start with the McReary family car driving, and the first character to appear is Packie, who is listening to music.
- Packie has the first lines of the series in both comics, although they are in the form of a narration. Although in "Hello, Wisconsin!" they were in the form of thought bubbles, in this series the narration style is taken from Turner's Second Chance, where the narration is at the top of the panel, divided from the pictures with a line, giving it a more comic book-style look.
- The first scene of both comics have the family in the car, and Maureen is once again driving.
- During Packie's narration at the beginning of the comic, he mentions several of the adventures that him and his siblings have been on in the past four years, including "getting our Ma a new husband" and "going on a vacation to California and defeating bad guys".
- It is revealed that following the end of "Satellite Screw-Up" in the original series, Packie had the naked picture of Joel Gonzales on PeachMaps go viral, causing everybody to see and Joel being teased for it, as revenge for Joel doing the same thing when the photo of what appeared to be Packie and Katie Torres kissing went up on PeachMaps.
- Joel also mentions that the events of that comic took place earlier that year (2016). Of course, that would create a continuity error as in this series, the characters now match their ages as of August 2016, and in the original series they were permanently stuck at their 2013 ages; logically, the image of Joel should not even exist as he would not have attended Wisconsin Elementary School in the 2015-2016 year.
- Salvador, his friends, Tony Gonzales, and Salvador Martinez were planned to appear in this comic, although due to the fact that the first day of high school would only be for freshmen only, they would not show up at school on this day due to them being upper classmen.
- The comic had to be edited since Francis would not attend this day either; the original version of this comic would have him and Packie going to school together.
- Packie's outfit from the original series returns when Francis brings him a change of clothes after he got ink all over him. This is the only time in TNC that Packie wears his original series outfit, as from the next comic onwards he wears his new trademark outfit, which he either managed to get the ink off of, or bought the exact same outfit again.
- This marks the third appearance of Joel's room after "The Amnesia Act of 2015" and "A Christmas Story".
- Before Aaron, Anthony, and Victor attack Joel in his room, Aaron pulls out his comb and then says "Boys, let's rough him up!", which is a reference to the SpongeBob SquarePants episode What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?, where the leader of the Bubble Poppin' Boys says "Let's rough him up, boys!" (while running his comb through his hair) before the gang attacks SpongeBob.
- In this comic, as well as "The Golden Boy", Anthony is much less shy and more well-spoken than he would later go on to be.
- Joel does not actually interact with Packie with this comic, being the second time this happened since "Trading Places".